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Mr McDougall and Tommy Dodd by Judith Yinyika Chambers


Mr McDougall and Tommy Dodd by Judith Yinyika Chambers

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"When I was little I saw them, Mr McDougall and one halfcaste man, Tommy Dodd. They were going from camp to camp helping the people to come into the mission (Warburton Mission). Tommy Dodd came from Amata, he was talking Yunkunytjatjarra and Mr McDougall was talking Pitjatjantjarra and a little bit Ngaanyatjarra telling all the people about the mission. People would get in the truck and go with them to the mission camp. Those are the stone mission buildings in the middle." [Judith Yinyika Chambers]

Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing buildings in the middle with groups of people in shelters and vehicles in each of the corners. The background is made up of dot infill in orange and yellow.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

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